Narrative of the Day
Kobe made his desires to play in Chicago clear on more than one occasion in his career, including in 2007 when he demanded a trade and stated “Chicago was his #1 choice” – allegedly a deal was struck, but Kobe vetoed as he felt it would have left Chicago to thin as said deal was to ship stars Ben Gordan and Luol Deng (who at the time was 21 years old and coming off a season in which he played 82 games at the level he has the last two).
As history has it – Kobe stayed in LA, the Lakers brought in Pau Gasol the next season and Kobe/Pau would go to the next 3 finals together, winning two.
We’re looking forward to vintage ’09-10 performances from Kobe & Pau tomorrow in what should be an emotional game for the duo… & no Butler benefits both.
Kemba Walker: From The Bronx; however temper expectations, in 4 career games at Barclays, Kemba has averaged 8.8 points/game on <30% shooting. Hornets @ Nets
NBA Revenge Games
Pau Gasol: Lakers @ Bulls
Dion Waiters: Cavs @ Thunder
Boris Diaw: Spurs @ Suns
NBA Promotional Nights
Tyson Chandler: Growth poster. Spurs @ Suns
Notable NBA Match-ups
Zach Randolph: Averaged 18.5/15.5 vs Toronto last season + usage spike on depleted Memphis squad. Grizzlies @ Raptors
Okafor / Noel: Sixers played Mavs tough early this year, leading late in the 4th – Mavs have been playing awful against bigs lately. Sixers @ Mavs
Portland / Utah: Blazers can clinch season series 3-1 with a win – critical February game as these two teams battling for the playoffs in the west are only separated by .5 game in the standings.